She has a rescue dog named Jem. Veterinary Partner notes that a disruption of cranial nerve VIII causes vestibular disease, which manifests as an unsteady gait, weakness, head tilt and nystagmus abnormal eye movement. Is there any chance the nerve will repair itself and she will be able to close her eye and blink on her own? I took my 13yo Chow Mix for a short not-too-tough walk this morning, and on the way home, I noticed the right half her face seems to be paralyzed. Most cases have a favorable outcome even if some dogs require extra care following their diagnosis. Knowing the involvement of the various parts of the facial structure will help him pin down the location of the injury or damage to the nerve.
A slim margin can also be iatrogenic, or accidentally caused during surgery.
Facial Nerve Paresis (Paralysis) in Dogs
We are going up north to the cottage for the long weekend and there are black flies, mosquitoes and deer flies around. Is he getting enough water, given that plenty of the water he drinks dribbles out from the affected lip? How often should I lubricate his eye? She has difficulty walking and doing stairs without tripping, falling or bumping into things. He will be looking for signs of a ruptured ear drum or inflammation of the ear canal. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Is Your Pup Looking Droopy?